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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Brewed predominantly with organic 2- row, the malt bill is rounded out with organic light munich, organic 60L crystal and caravienna. Northwest Golding and Hallertauer hops provide a pleasant hop character. Right out of primary fermentation this beer is decidedly an American Pale Ale, but as it enters secondary, a bridge to Belgium is built with a dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. A 5 week maturation results in slightly dry, fruity beer with a hint of floral Brett character that will evolve over time.

The Great American Beer Festival 2012: Silver Medal, American Brett Ale

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19824) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Courtesy of Josh; 6.5% ABV
Cloudy golden color with small head. Wonderful aroma, deep, fresh, fruity, with mild Brett character; apricot wine; impression of hard cheese rind. Highly carbonated, smooth mouthfeel, rather dry; strong Brett character, providing also a strong astringency; a lot of bitter orange peel; the acidity is just mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (12607) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with medium frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is tart fruit, strong funk, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with strong brett, spice, and nice lingering dry finish. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2014
translucent copper (wtf), large bubbled white ring laces lightly. Light plum and cherry skin nose, brown sugar showing. Light plum skin at front palate, chestnut and acetic hints before fruity cherry mid, under-attenuation apparent through sticky coin sweet finish, offset by acetic notes. Two wrongs, no rights.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (15454) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of wild yeast, lemon, musk, toasty wood, light stone fruits, grassy grains and touch of peach. Lighter medium body. Easy drinking. Mildly acidic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Awesome sour ale, on tap at the brewery, portland, floral brett beer, nice stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7861) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Bottle poured at proletariat with Andy. Pours a deep orange with light haze and orangey whitish head. Aroma is tame funk and light fruit - maybe some wine as well. Mouthfeel is lightly tart, not really sour, notes of fruits and grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pfrimshot (3) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2014 A ?beginner? sour.... Not too tart, not too floral and or fruity. It?s a balanced, malty, beer that just leans toward the Flemish sour territory. So.. marks against it in my books for not being distinctive. And a small deduction fit a copper-y aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (3089) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Wow, bottle thanks to Vasili ! Pours a rich golden almost copper color with a couple fingers of dense eggshell foam. The nose is a blend of funky barnyard brett, round toasted malt, stale grass, tart apple, pineapple, berry and a touch of musky wood as well. The palate follows the nose nicely with great balance and drink ability. Carbonation is soft and round and compliments the mouthfeel nicely. Great layers of funk and fruit with a rustic underlying graininess and floral fieldgrass to balance everything out. Great bite of acidity... damn fine drink !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle as spoils from my recent Portland trip, consumed within a month of purchase. Labeled as 6.5%

Pours copper-orange with an appreciable head into my standard Duvel tulip. Strong chardonnay to the aroma, suggesting that this is going to be a proper sour. But its not; more on that later. Strong bretty funk and wisps of lavender potpourri in the aroma. Pretzel dough. While there is a sour hint to the flavor, its well balanced by warm malts and the beer seems much more like some of the Upright offerings (and equally good or even better) than like an American Sour. Strawberries going bad, white grapefruit juice. A hint of stomach acid as I work my way toward the end of the bottle. Drying brett strongly prevalent from midrange through close. All of the elements come together in this one and we get a synergy that makes for a beer Id welcome on my table any night. Very pleased these guys are making it to Washington state now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a two finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice amber color that shows a lightly hazed, pale amber stained, dark gold hue when held up to the light. As I pour this beer I get a nice, funky, slightly tart, Brett laden aroma that is quite appetizing. This melds with fruit notes of pear, citrus zest, and a solid floral note. Pale cracker like grain, sun toasted hay, and some rounded crushed pale malt aromatics add to the bright complexity here.

Up front the beer is quite dry, slightly tart and citrusy, with just a bit of a phenolic, funky edge to it that lingers very lightly in the finish. The beer has a nice effervescence to it that provides a prickly character that works with the light, refreshing body. Light hay like notes, and touches of pale grain crackers speak to the light, but contributing grain / malt flavors in this beer. There is lots of fruit character here as well with other notes of pear, some melon like notes, perhaps a touch of star-fruit and some floral apple notes as well. The fruit character is well balanced though by the funky edge that this beer has, as well as by a peppery, spicy finish, light herbal / spicy hop notes, and a light, but firm hop bitterness in the finish. This is very lightly tart, and this lingers in the finish; much of the tartness comes from the dryness of this beer, as the beer is not really what I would call a sour beer at all.

I am a sucker for this type of beer, one of my favorite type to brew; just bursting with subtle complexity, and this is at a great point in its funk evolution as the Brettanomyces is but a piece part in the sum of piece parts that makes up this brew.

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